Mike and Marvin’s Misguided Viewpoint
Marvin Lewis is one of the few NFL coaches I’ve actually had the chance to meet in person. I respect the man for turning a perennial loser and laughing-stock of the league into an average and competitive team. I’ll give him credit for that.
But, under his tenure, the Bengals have had a jailhouse mentality when it comes to acquiring its talent. Sure, football is a rough sport, and you want the meanest, toughest and most intimidating guys on the gridiron. But, that doesn’t mean you have to compromise character.
As of late, the successes in Cincinnati have come few and far between. The main cause for that is Lewis, in my humble opinion, is losing sight of what is truly important— pride. I know for a fact that Lewis and Brown want to put a winning product on the field, but at what cost?
It has always seemed that deep inside, Lewis wants to fix broken players. He’s about rehabilitation and restoration. This isn’t a bad thing, but it is simply too risky at the professional stage. Marvin has proved he’s been able to get the best out of bad boys Vontaze Burfict and Adam Jones, although they still revert to their old ways.
When a player arrives in the NFL, they should be polished, responsible and ready to lead a football team; not only on the field but in the local community. The NFL is the most popular major sport in America. Compromising core values and the city’s pride for a high-risk project player is the wrong choice. I’m not one for forgiveness in this case.
Let’s not forget the fact that Brown doesn’t know what the hell he’s doing. Forbes listed him as one of the five worst NFL owners.